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Rockets send guard Isaiah Canaan to D-League

After injury and loss of rotation spot, Isaiah Canaan will get playing time with Rio Grande Valley.

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The Rockets announced Sunday, they have assigned guard Isaiah Canaan to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Canaan has made 23 appearances thus far in the 2014-2015 season, averaging 6.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.6 minutes per game. He started 9 games and averaged 12.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 28.4 minutes per game. Canaan stepped into the starting lineup for Patrick Beverley who had a hamstring injury, and Rockets were 7-2 with him in the starting lineup.

The second-year player out of Murray State was sidelined with an left ankle sprain in late November. Alexey Shved seem to take Canaan's backup point guard minutes during key game against the Trailblazers and Grizzlies before Shved was injured. With Shved cleared to play this week, Canaan maybe best served staying sharp with the Vipers if Kevin McHale isn't going to play him.

Canaan played 18 games with the team last year, averaging 21.8 points, 8.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.